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2nd May '16 7:40:14 AM Paranoia
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Allegiance", Picard is abducted by aliens for the purpose of study. When Picard turns the tables on his captors, they return him to the ''Enterprise,'' but before they leave the bridge, Picard and the crew, communicating with only subtle facial expressions, trap the aliens in a forcefield to show them what it feels like to be imprisoned. Picard makes a point of the fact that he and the crew communicated this way.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Allegiance", Picard is and a handful of other random aliens are abducted by aliens for the purpose of study.study (because they communicate only with telepathy and wish to study other forms of communication). When Picard turns the tables on his captors, they return him to the ''Enterprise,'' but before they leave the bridge, Picard and the crew, communicating with only subtle facial expressions, trap the aliens in a forcefield to show them what it feels like to be imprisoned. Picard makes a point of the fact that he and the crew communicated this way.
7th Apr '16 9:04:46 AM tromag
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* Taken to extremes in the ''Literature/Foundation'' series. The members of the Second Foundation have the ability to telepathically detect and alter emotions, but can't actually read minds. Nevertheless, they are all so thoroughly acquainted with one another's minds that they can have entire conversations based almost solely on facial expressions and body language, saying more than an occasional word is considered superfluous.

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* Taken to extremes in the ''Literature/Foundation'' Literature/{{Foundation}} series. The members of the Second Foundation have the ability to telepathically detect and alter emotions, but can't actually read minds. Nevertheless, they are all so thoroughly acquainted with one another's minds that they can have entire conversations based almost solely on facial expressions and body language, saying more than an occasional word is considered superfluous.
7th Apr '16 9:01:58 AM tromag
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* Taken to extremes in the ''Literature/Foundation'' series. The members of the Second Foundation have the ability to telepathically detect and alter emotions, but can't actually read minds. Nevertheless, they are all so thoroughly acquainted with one another's minds that they can have entire conversations based almost solely on facial expressions and body language, saying more than an occasional word is considered superfluous.
5th Mar '16 5:31:46 PM skidoo23
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* The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble of ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' play this trope for laughs. They are both spying on the episode's villain by looking through adjacent windows, the villain's office between them, and catch each other's eye. A conversation follows using comically exaggerated expressions, lip reading and mime. The conversation ends when Donna gestures to the villain, who, it turns out, has been watching them embarrass themselves and simply asks, "Are we interrupting you?"

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* The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble of ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' play this trope for laughs. They are both spying on the episode's villain by looking through adjacent windows, the villain's office between them, and catch each other's eye. A conversation follows using comically exaggerated expressions, lip reading and mime. The conversation ends when Donna gestures to the villain, who, it turns out, has been watching them embarrass themselves and simply asks, "Are we interrupting you?"you?"
** Thanks to Creator/PeterCapaldi and Creator/JennaColeman having very expressive faces, the Doctor and Clara Oswald often engage in this. ''Spectacular'' examples can be found in the episodes "Under the Lake" and "Hell Bent."
5th Mar '16 2:52:00 PM ConMan1226
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* Toothless from ''HowToTrainYourDragon'' cannot speak, but you can always get a pretty good idea of what he's thinking by reading his facial expressions. There are even a few scenes where Hiccup and Toothless seem to communicate with ''only'' this.
29th Feb '16 10:42:41 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Home Cooked Meal", Miss Brooks' facial expressions as Mr. Conklin is about to light a match in a gas filled room . . . .
4th Nov '15 11:14:08 AM Berrenta
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FacialDialogue occurs when a character is communicating not just his emotional reactions or intense feelings, but entire reams of dialog using nothing more than their facial expressions and without saying a single word. When two characters do this to each other, it results in entire paragraphs of byplay, all perfectly understandable to the audience despite the entire exchange being silent.

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[[caption-width-right:200:Actor Paul Eddington just finds out his political rival has died in Series/YesMinister.]]

FacialDialogue
Facial Dialogue occurs when a character is communicating not just his emotional reactions or intense feelings, but entire reams of dialog using nothing more than their facial expressions and without saying a single word. When two characters do this to each other, it results in entire paragraphs of byplay, all perfectly understandable to the audience despite the entire exchange being silent.



* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'': Gromit. Although it's a necessity in his case, since he's mute. [[CaptainObvious 'Cos he's a dog]].

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* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'': Gromit. Although it's a necessity in his case, since he's mute. [[CaptainObvious 'Cos mute, and he's a dog]].dog.
28th Sep '15 12:01:40 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has a lot of this. There's very little dialogue in the film, and even the most important story and character moments are often communicated through facial dialogue, such as Max realizing he has a chance to escape once Slit unlocks his chains on Nux's car.

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has a lot of this. There's very little dialogue in the film, and even the most important story and character moments are often communicated through facial dialogue, such as dialogue. One example is seeing Max realizing realize he has a chance to escape once Slit unlocks his chains on Nux's car.
28th Sep '15 12:01:11 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has a lot of this. There's very little dialogue in the film, and even the most important story and character moments are often communicated through facial dialogue, such as Max realizing he has a chance to escape once Slit unlocks his chains on Nux's car.
10th Aug '15 8:22:12 AM urielzet
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* In ''Series/{{Proof}}'', one flashback shows the Barliss family about to enter the church for Will's funeral. As Len and Sophie are about to go in, Cat is just standing outside, and her anguish and guilt are written all over her face. Len immediately understands that she's suffering too much to be able to face her dead son, and he and Sophie go in without her.
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